For our honeymoon, we sailed with Celebrity Cruises on the Celebrity Reflection. The ship is brand new having set sail in the Caribbean only last October. Once on board, the Reflection surpassed all our hopes and wishes. The ship itself was beautiful and ginormous. There would often be a handful of other cruise ships (including popular names like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line) at each port, and ours was by far the largest ship each time. It had a whopping fifteen stories accessible to guests.
Taking our travel agent’s advice, we booked a Sunset Veranda room. The room is located off the back of the ship so we had a 180° degree view from our balcony. We would wake up in a new city almost every day with an amazing and different view waiting for us. The designers made great use of the available cabin space with clever additions like a rotating TV mount so that the TV could face the couch or the bed with ease.
Even though there were probably 3,000 guests on board, we rarely felt crowded and the crew was very efficient getting people on and off the boat at each stop. The ship had so many unique little spots to explore and enjoy. Our favorite space ended up being the adults-only indoor pool area called The Solarium. Four hot tubs, heated pool, spectacular views, plush and varied seating, and no kids… right about perfect for this couple. Not to mention it kept my (very) white husband out of the sun allowing us to get through a two week vacation with no sunburns! Only downside was we had to go to the main (outside) pool area for drinks… oh what a hard life! A second favorite spot would probably be the Sky Observation Lounge. While it offered great views during the day, we most frequently visited after dinner for some adult beverages and dancing. By the end of the trip though, we were referring to the DJ as DJ Failure–with the ability to clear a dance floor in seconds!
Speaking of dinner, we never went hungry. Seriously between the complimentary room service, always open buffets, and nightly dinners we were quite happy and well fed. While I have had better food before (Atlanta has some rockin’ restaurants), I was overall pleased with the quality. Rating against the other two cruises I’ve taken, I would say much better than Carnival and on par with NCL (Norwegian). My favorites were definitely the dinners… a chance to get dressed up, drink wine, eat a four-course meal and chat with my new hubby–perfection!
The majority of the other guests were significantly older than us… I’m guessing 60+ years old. There were probably a handful of young couples like ourselves and maybe one or two families. The excursions were setup to cater to the older age group, so we explored many of the ports on our own. In hindsight I believe we made the right decision. The excursions were mostly overpriced (in my opinion) and would eat up the entire day at port. We preferred heading out on our own which often left us time to wander around exploring whatever city we were in for the day. I would highly recommend Celebrity and this particular cruise to other honeymooners or retirees. While I don’t have kids myself, I would say it did not seem like the best choice for families with young children or teens. Next stop Messina (Sicily), Italy!